What is your purpose to come to Bali? want to see the charm of Bali, sun set and sun rise, not only that many unique things in Bali especially feast day in Bali.
Bali celebrates many festivals, performs many rituals and worship at the family temple and pretends great surroundings on Hindu holidays. We as Hindus in Bali believe that giving offerings to the God will provide a balance in life. Not only to the God but also to others and to other living beings such as animals and plants because we are created equal by Him.
I would like to review a few of Hindu’s major holidays in Bali.
1. Nyepi / Silent Day
Nyepi feast day is the day of celebration of new year Hindu based penaggalan or calendar or caka in Bali. This feast day falls on a day after the ninth of death moon day . In contrast to the celebration of the new year BC, the new year caka in bali begins with solitude or no activity as usual. The ultimate goal is to ask God to sanctify the universe, and human beings. On this day all activities are abolished, including public services, such as the International Airport was closed, but not to the hospital. Our parents will tell us not to be noisy, not to light a fire, not to work, not to be happy, and not to travel. The most unique one is the day before the Nyepi day, exactly on the ninth month, we perform the bhuta yadnya ceremony or we call it the day of pengerupukan day where all the people perform the ceremony to take away the negative things from inside the house, by circling the house and ringing of hard objects such as gamelan , lit a torch fire and some offerings. After that we gather to follow a Ogoh ogoh parade. Ogoh ogoh symbolized as the embodiment of the negative form in ourselves is also around us. Quirky because if you go to Bali on that day hmmm … you will be amazed by this tradition.
2. Galunngan Day
This feast day is celebrated every 210 days of Balinese calendar day as a day of triumph of good against evil. Where Hindu people today give offerings to God and the Patriarchs. also praise gratitude by doing praying at home then in the temple in the surrounding great temples. The unique tradition of this day is that after praying there will be ngelawang ceremonies there are the teenagers and children dancing Barong dance from one door of the house to another. Tired of course tired but paid off with the cheerful laughter of who watching and paying them.
3. Saraswati Day, Pagerwesi & Tumpek Landep
Saraswati Day, The day where Hindus believe that today is the day of the decline of holy science for Hindus. This feast day falls on Saturday wuku watugunung on the Bali calendar. Usually in this day especially the children who still go to school praying worship goddess Saraswati grateful and begged in blessed knowledge of sacred. On Wednesday after Saraswati Day we celebrate Pagerwesi day, where Hindu people do praying at home asking God to thank God and pleading given the determination of heart and mind in receiving knowledge to be used with the best. After Hari Saraswati, Pagerwesi, then Tumpek Landep Day. in this feast day is containing the meaning of the petition, the expression of gratitude and gratitude to the Creator who has given ease, grace and sharpness of mind, in this day also humans and Hindus, especially in Bali are taught in order to use the science symbolized by weapons and exploits metal objects for the welfare and prosperity of life. so the order of the feast of the coming of science for the Hindus in Bali.
With so many rituals and holy days in bali so the people of Bali are famous for their social life. Not a few Balinese prefer to work daily because it is easier to get a holiday from their work to perform the obligations inherited by their ancestors.
Such are some of Bali’s holiday summaries. That is only a small part of the feast day in Bali there are many more holy days in Bali. Visit Bali to know more about Bali.